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Breakneck to Mt. Beacon full traverse - 7 Miles - Car shuttle from Mt. Beacon

Contact:  Mike Clancy  [masked] 

Hike starts at Breakneck parking lot at 9:15. (800' north of the tunnel)

Train riders: Metro-North train will let hikers off at the Breakneck platform at about 9:05AM (just north of Cold Spring station).  Walk south on Rt. 9D and meet in the large parking lot. Hike will start there.

Car people:  8:45AM.  Meet at Mt. Beacon Parking, Rt. 9D,  Lot 5 miles north of Breakneck.   We'll leave some cars at Mt. Beacon and drive over to Breakneck parking lot to start the hike at 9:15.

This hike is not for beginners. It's a fun hike but involves some steep rock scrambles that some people find too challenging.  Please don't overestimate your abilities!!! You must be able to hike on your own if you fall behind.

We'll take the white trail up the rock scramble at the start of Breakneck Ridge and continue on the white trail all the way to the Mt. Beacon fire tower. We'll stop at several scenic overlooks along the way. There will be several rock scrambles along the trail.  From the Mt. Beacon fire tower (at 5 miles) we'll take the red trail back to the Mt. Beacon parking lot.  

Bring water, snacks, map, appropriate gear, etc.  Hiking Poles can be very helpful on the steep descents.

This is 7 miles with approximately 2000 ft of elevation gain!

Trail map is here: we take the white trail in a north-easterly direction all the way, then the red trail down Mt Beacon


















You are responsible for bringing appropriate gear, supplies, clothing, first aid, and lights. You should review topographic maps and trail features carefully; understanding topography of any hike is key to your knowing where you are, where you're going, and how to get back. See suggestions for GEAR on the "About" page for additional gear ideas. You agree when you sign up for this group or any of the events that you have read and understand the below. If you join us for a hike (or any other event), please understand that you are responsible for your own preparedness and well-being and will hold no one else liable in case of injury or mishap. You agree not to hold the Organizer, Assistant Organizers, or any other members responsible for any injuries, mishaps, or any other situation that may happen at a planned event. You are responsible to research the event, know the area, and bring the proper gear. Your attendance on a hike signifies that you have read and accept the terms of this liability waiver. Full waiver can be found on the ABOUT page.

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  • Dawn C T.

    Great first hike since my broken fibula. Looking forward to more hiking!

    May 3, 2014

  • Dawn C T.

    Better to have left my jacket that my keys.....

    May 3, 2014

  • Mike C.

    I'm glad that most who signed up made it!! To those who had to cancel, I hope we see you all again soon!!

    May 3, 2014

  • Mike C.

    Dawn, your EMS jacket was in back of my SUV. I'll get it to you at some point.

    May 3, 2014

  • James

    Beautiful day, great hike, great people, thanks Mike for being our leader.

    May 3, 2014

  • Barbara

    Great hike, nice pace, beautiful day. Good seeing all who attended, thank you Mike for organizing

    May 3, 2014

  • Mike

    Great hike. Thank you Mike!

    1 · May 3, 2014

  • Megumi

    I am actually going to do just Breakneck due to my work schedule. I can still drive 2 people from Beacon to Breakneck.

    May 2, 2014

  • Sara G.

    Sorry I cannot make it tomorrow, I've never been to the Fire Tower! Have a great time!

    May 2, 2014

  • Doug L.

    Can I put a +1?

    April 29, 2014

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